After Six Days, This Police Officer In A Gorilla Suit Finally Finished The London Marathon

It was all for a good cause.

Metropolitan police officer Tom Harrison spent the past week competing in the London Marathon. That's nothing particularly noteworthy, except for the fact that Harrison chose to complete all 26 miles of the race crawling on all fours in a gorilla suit.

It may seem like just a silly stunt, but Harrison's unconventional style held a deeper meaning. He did it to raise money for The Gorilla Organization, which is working to save gorillas from extinction. It would appear his methods worked, as he's currently raised more than £36,000 on his JustGiving page. Considering his goal was £1,750, we'd call that a success.


Harrison finished the marathon on Saturday after six days. "It was tough at points, but I am really glad I did it," he told The Guardian. He reportedly slept at friends' houses after crawling 10 to 12 hours each day on either his hands and knees or hands and feet.

The officer, who called himself Mr. Gorilla, documented his journey in photos and videos posted on social media, commemorating milestones and landmarks and sharing live video as he finally crossed the finish line beating his chest.

It's not the first time Harrison has done something like this. He told The Guardian that he ran the marathon in the suit last year, but decided to do "that little bit more" this time by bringing things closer to the ground. He's also participated in the Great Gorilla Run and Tough Mudder in the same costume.

Gorilla Organization chair Ian Redmond met Harrison at the finish line with a trophy and a stuffed gorilla. The organization's director Jillian Miller explained to The Guardian that Harrison "loves the gorillas," adding, "I thought he was mad at first, but you know when Tom sets his heart to do something, he absolutely does it."

You can donate to Mr. Gorilla's fundraiser on his JustGiving page.

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